Holly Schaff

Holly S.

Lynn, MA

About Holly S.

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Holly teaches: Ages 8 and up
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Teaching since: 1999
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My 20 years of musical experience taught me that JOY is as important as knowledge and technique. We'll pursue a learning trajectory that suits you and your goals (large or small!), all while providing you with the encouragement to enjoy the process as well as the results. My teaching style is dynamic and positive; I want you to look forward to your lessons. And I have both the teaching and performing chops to challenge you and impart some serious skills.
I have my Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory and a Postgraduate Diploma in Trombone Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. I've taught a wide range of students -- from children who've never before picked up an instrument, to accomplished high schoolers, to adults who've always wanted to learn and finally have the freedom to do so.
I enjoy helping people as much as I enjoy performing, and I'd love the chance to inspire and encourage you however I can.


Private Music Teacher
Jan 1999 - Jul 2009
Self-Employed & The Alexander School

Helped students of all ages and levels of experience to develop technically, musically, and personally. Specialized in students who needed patience, non-judgment, and encouragement. I continue to be proud of the fact that my students ended up proud of *themselves*.

Professional Freelance Trombone Player
Nov 2000 - Dec 2004

Played nearly every genre of music: orchestral, brass quintet, big band, party/dance band, early music (Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque) -- all at a professional level. Managed all the "ins and outs" of a one-woman business.


Postgraduate Diploma, Trombone Performance
Sep 1997 - Jun 1999
Royal Northern College of Music -- Manchester, UK
Bachelor of Music, Trombone Performance
Aug 1993 - May 1997
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

2 Reviews on Holly S.

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Beth Mar 21, 2017
· Trombone · In studio
Holly Schaff is a wonderful trombonist and teacher. She inspires students with her quick wit and quirky sense of humour all the while teaching the fundamentals of trombone in memorable ways. Holly has been a professional musician on the east coast for years and not only communicates clearly, but demonstrates important techniques and tricks when she teaches. She has studied and played with some of the finest Low Brass teachers and specialists in the world and imparts this learned knowledge of musicianship to her students in lessons. I highly recommend Holly as a trombone teacher for beginning, intermediate, or advanced students.

Beth Mitchell
Kanstul International Recital Artist and Clinician
Kim Mar 11, 2017
· Trombone · In studio
I really enjoyed working with Holly -- she is passionate about the trombone, knowledgable and thoughtful, but also has a great sense of humor, so our lessons were a lot of fun. I think I improved a lot over the course of the months that I studied with her, and also gained the confidence to go from being a beginner to playing in an ensemble.
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